Would this sin be mortal or venial?
Suppose a person has been chaste for several weeks and has firmly resolved not to commit the sins of masturbation and pornography.
One day, while watching a harmless YouTube video about search engines, he comes upon a comment that raises his curiosity; he hears that a certain search engine yields “better results” for porn searches than another popular engine that the person has used on previous occasions.
Out of sheer curiosity, he decides to search for porn on the search engine just to see what results come up. Before doing so, he tells himself that he will not actually watch porn, and has no intent to do so; he also knows, however, that he is exposing himself to a temptation, but he pushes this concern to the side.
Unexpectedly, the search engine displays actually pornographic images rather than just links. This concerns him, but he makes several searches anyways, trying to satisfy his curiosity while avoiding the images. After a few searches, however, he finds himself getting aroused and, feeling guilty, decides to close the browser.
After the act has been completed, the person feels guilty and believes they have committed a sin, but they are unsure of that sin’s gravity.
Is there intent, consent, and knowledge?